September 05, 2018

Custom fabrics; subtle yet nuanced design; attention to every detail; made in New York. Search and State is the perfect partner for the No. 22 kit collaboration. We talked with SAS co-founder and creative genius Daniel Golden about his passion for handmade creations, what went into this partnership, and rippin' around on a No. 22 Drifter.

The Search and State / No. 22 kit is available now

What's your first bike-related memory?

My first memories on a bike are definitely BMX related. I was fortunate enough to have enough room in my backyard as a kid to build a pretty solid dirt track that became the only spot in town to hit some big jumps and stuff like that so it became the neighborhood hot spot and we loved every minute of it. But after that it was all about road cycling. I raced motocross in my early 20s, but retired early due to injuries, and got myself a real road bike. The very first time I threw a leg over that thing with the skinny tires and hit the open road I was hooked. You could go fast and far and whip it around on the downhills. It got me good. I loved it and have been riding for over 25 years now.

How often do you ride today? And what sort of cycling are you into?

I have limited time now due to the company and family so I pretty much just get out there and go wide-open for an hour on the road or on some gravel and that's about it. I also do a bunch of bike-packing when I can and that's taken me to some amazing places. There is something very addictive about the freedom of being out there somewhere remote with all your belongings strapped to your bike and you're just out there living and exploring.



What were you up to before you started Search and State?

After racing motocross, I went to design school at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and have been a fashion designer for about 25 years now, working at some great fashion houses and with some amazing people.

How did Search and State come to be?

I started the company when I decided I had had enough of designing for big corporate fashion houses, and also couldn't really find the cycling clothes in the market that I was looking for. I decided to make the stuff I wanted to wear and went to market with that and it took off from there pretty quick.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I love understated, impeccable garments usually devoid of bells and whistles or gimmicks. I love fabric and always have. There is something very special about it to me. Fit, fabric, function; Those are a few of the pillars for me. I have also studied a lot military gear and have a pretty solid vintage collection of my own at home that I reference a lot. And I love the color black.

You own a No. 22. Which bike and what's the experience been like?

I have a Drifter and it's been amazing. To be honest, it's made me not want to ride my other bikes. It's incredibly comfortable, handles great, it's quiet and I hammer on it on the road, in the mountains, dirt, gravel, whatever. It really surprised me how smooth the ride is and it has definitely renewed my faith in frame-building and riding. It's been that fun to ride. And it's just a beauty to look at!

A big element of Search and State is that your pieces are all made in New York. Tell us a little bit about that process.

We do everything right in mid-town Manhattan and wouldn't do it any other way. Aside from being socially compliant, ethical, sustainable, and fully transparent, which are all meaningful to us, we get to be in the factory every day with some of the most talented and skilled garment workers in the world. I have made clothes all over the world and in all kinds of facilities and I haven't found any process or output than can match the quality we get out of our rooms. It's truly amazing and we are inspired everyday to go in make our clothing the way we do.

Tell us a little bit about the process of designing the collab kit with No. 22. Where did the colours, the look, the overall design ideas come from?

The process was simple and I think we hit it off pretty quickly. But we stay in our lane and respect people who know what they want and also respect what we do and vice versa. We spoke a few times over the phone and then pretty much just got after it. [No. 22 Co-founder] Bryce knew what he wanted and it fit right into what we do so it has been a great match so far. We love what they do and this felt like a good fit and the results are in the garments.

What's your fav piece from the collection, personally?

It's all great if you as me! But, I do have an affinity for vests. I just feel ready for action with that extra layer on.

And where is your all-time favourite place to go for a ride?

That's a tough one. I have been to some really amazing places—anywhere from sea-level (Cuba) to way up high in the mountains in Europe and out West here in the States. I'll take anything really. I'm a busy dude with the company and a child at home, so I am just grateful anytime I have two wheels under me.

For more on Search and State's commitment to making beautiful apparel in New York City's Garment District, check out their featurette on the process:

Sustainable New York from Search and State on Vimeo.


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2018 Geometry Charts

Great Divide Rim Brake

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 495 510 525 545 560 580 600
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 445 462 490 518 540 565 590
Head tube length (mm) 90 100 120 140 160 180 200
Seat tube angle (deg) 75 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 71.0 71.2 72.2 72.5 73 73
Front center (mm) 567 574 584 584 589 607 621
Chain stay length (mm) 412 412 412 412 415 415 418
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 357 364 370 379 383 397 406
Stack (mm) 506 517 534 559 580 597 617

 

Great Divide Disc

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 510 525 545 560 580 600
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 462 490 518 540 565 590
Head tube length (mm) 95 115 135 155 175 195
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 71.0 71.2 72.2 72.5 73 73
Front center (mm) 574 584 586 594 609 623
Chain stay length (mm) 412 412 412 415 415 418
BB drop (mm) 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 364 369 378 382 397 405
Stack (mm) 520 536 560 580 599 618

 

Drifter

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 502 510 525 545 560 575 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 464 478 503 525 535 549 577
Head tube length (mm) 90 100 120 140 150 170 190
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 70.5 70.8 71 71.2 71.2 71.5
Front center (mm) 571 575 589 603 611 627 639
Chain stay length (mm) 430 430 430 430 432 435 435
BB drop (mm) 78 77 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 352 353 364 373 379 389 398
Stack (mm) 530 538 556 576 586 603 623

 

Reactor

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 515 530 548 565 580 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 456 475 496 514 542 568
Head tube length (mm) 100 120 140 160 185 205
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 74 73.2 73 73
Head tube angle (deg) 72 72 73 73.5 73.5 73.5
Front center (mm) 571 582 585 590 603 618
Chain stay length (mm) 405 408 408 410 410 410
BB drop (mm) 72 72 72 70 68 68
Reach (mm) 374 379 391 395 401 410
Stack (mm) 503 522 546 565 587 606

 

Aurora

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 495 510 525 545 560 580 600
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 445 462 490 518 540 565 590
Head tube length (mm) 100 110 130 150 170 190 205
Seat tube angle (deg) 75 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 71 71.2 72.2 72.5 73 73
Front center (mm) 567 574 584 586 594 609 624
Chain stay length (mm) 412 412 412 412 415 415 418
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 355 363 369 378 382 396 406
Stack (mm) 510 521 538 562 582 601 615

 

Broken Arrow

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 505 510 525 545 560 575 590
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 467 490 510 532 548 567 590
Head tube length (mm) 90 100 120 140 150 160 180
Seat tube angle (deg) 74 74 73.5 73.3 73 72.5 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.8 70.8 71 71 71.3 71.5 72
Front center (mm) 565 571 580 599 609 622 627
Chain stay length (mm) 425 425 425 425 425 425 425
BB drop (mm) 68 68 68 68 66 66 64
Reach (mm) 352 355 359 372 382 393 397
Stack (mm) 524 533 553 572 580 591 610

 

Little Wing

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 515 525 540 555 575 585
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 477 499 524 552 575 595
Head tube length (mm) 100 120 140 160 180 200
Seat tube angle (deg) 75.5 75 74.5 74.5 74 74
Head tube angle (deg) 72.5 73 73 73.5 74 74
Front center (mm) 566 569 579 590 601 611
Chain stay length (mm) 393 393 393 396 396 396
BB drop (mm) 58 58 58 58 58 58
Reach (mm) 382 383 387 397 407 411
Stack (mm) 506 527 546 567 588 607

 

Old King

Size Small Medium Large Extra Large
Effective top tube length (mm) 580 605 622 642
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 380 410 445 481
Head tube length (mm) 100 110 120 140
Seat tube angle (deg) 73.5 73.5 73.5 73.3
Head tube angle (deg) 70 70 70 70
Front center (mm) 655 680 698 719
Chain stay length (mm) 435 435 435 435
BB drop (mm) 58 58 58 58
Reach (mm) 401 423 437 451
Stack (mm) 599 609 619 637